Ralph Hall played an instrumental role in establishing the Sandwich West Turtle Club as one of the best regarded and most decorated youth baseball programs in Canada. Hall has enjoyed several decades of success in baseball as a coach, manager, and administrator within the Turtle Club organization.
Born in Windsor, Hall graduated from Patterson Collegiate Institute.
As an adult, Hall quickly took to coaching youth baseball. He first joined the Turtle Club organization in 1976. At the time, the fledgling club was just starting to find its feet in what was then the small, growing community of LaSalle. Inspired by the late Father Ronald Cullen, himself a Windsor/Essex Sports Hall of Fame member, Hall and his coaching colleagues emphasized “doing things the right way” and stressed the development of fundamental skills and strategies in the players they coached.
Fuelled by this dedication to sound fundamentals and principles, the Turtle Club quickly established itself in local, provincial, and national Little League Baseball circuits. Hall had a hand in guiding Turtle Club teams to 17 District Five (City) Championships, nine Ontario titles, five Canadian Championships, and four Little League World Series appearances. After his coaching years, he went on to win two Canadian titles as a player with the Windsor Chiefs’ 50 and Over baseball club.
Ultimately, Hall has donated countless committed hours to youth baseball in the LaSalle community and influenced in some way literally thousands of Turtle Club players. Over the years, many of these athletes have gone on to play at higher levels of baseball, including the professional ranks.
Today, the Turtle Club is one of the most successful youth baseball organizations in Canada by any measure. It still sits on the same philosophical foundation established in large part by Hall during its formative years.
In 2011, Hall and his fellow longtime coach Jack McCart were honoured by the Turtle Club organization. Recognizing the magnitude of their contributions, a diamond at the Club’s Reaume Street baseball complex was named after each man.